Warmest greetings and welcome to the Seventh Annual Daffodil Movement For Cancer Awareness!
The Daffodil Movement has been held every year during the month of April since 2006 (except in 08 when it was held in May). During the month of April, we try to get as many Gaians as possible to equip a daffodil bouquet on their avatars for the whole month! It's the time that we take out of our normal business on Gaia to remember those we've lost, honor those who fought and won, and encourage those fighting right now.
One of the main elements of the event is Teams. During the event, 10-11 cancer awareness teams compete with one another for title of Most Spirited. The teams are based off of different types of cancer, and whoever wins earns a real-life donation for the type the team is representing. For example, last year Team Cervical won, so I made a donation to the National Cervical Cancer Coalition.
Intrigued? Read on to find out more, or click below to view the guild.
Keep an eye out for The Daffodil Fairy!
She'll be flitting around the thread and guild all during the event,
spreading joy and cheer to participants.
Also check her profile for a fun raffle you can get in on.
Click on her avi to get there!
►Follow Gaia's ToS
►Do not quote any large blocks of text, such as any of the posts on the front page of the main thread or a team's thread.
►Please read the FAQs before asking a question. That way we can be sure that we have plenty of time to answer any unusual or specific questions, instead of answering the same common ones over and over.
►Contacting Blaize/crew: We are likely to be very busy around this time. Not only do we have to organize many things here at once, virtually all of TDM's staff is in college or high school. For us, April not only means TDM, it means term papers and exams. Questions and Yellow Wall entries will have priority over any art or banners you send, or affiliate/Turn TDM requests. Please be patient with us.
►Be supportive of one another! Try to get along.
►And most importantly, strive for positivity. I encourage you to share your stories and feelings concerning cancer, cancer awareness, and the like, but this will not be a pity-party. Many people may be going through cancer themselves or seeing someone they love dealing with it. We’re here to hope for the best. heart
Make a banner for the guild! Submit a 200x40 pixel banner to Blaizekit to enter. No limit on entries. All entries will be added to the random images that show up for the guild banner, but only two will win gold.
Contest Ends: April 29
This is TDM's most important contest and where teams really become a factor. throughout the event, whichever group has the most enthusiasm will win for their cause a real-life donation of at least 10 US dollars. (It's usually more than that, but, just to be safe... can never underestimate my brokeness.) If I can’t find a way to donate directly to the cause, I’ll submit a general donation to ACS. Of course, you are welcome to make donations of your own. blaugh
So get out there and show your team spirit!! This will be done through the guild, where you can chat with your team, organize get-togethers, and post your art/avis/and photos.
The spirit contest is based on how organized and enthusiastic your team is. There are a lot of ways a team shows their spirit. They take the initiative to recruit more people, hold their own contests, and organize meetings in Towns and basically act as if they genuinely care about awareness of their type.
If you'd like to know where I think your team stands, or what you can do to improve your standings, you can ask me via PM and I'd be glad to share what I think so far.
Make a tektek in your team's colors.
The best from each team (and sometimes runners-up) will win.
The prize: At least 20k. It may be more depending on donations.
Dates: The tektek contest will open April 20 and will be closed for entries April 29.
Where to send entries: PM them to Blaizekit. Entries posted in the thread or entries sent before the contest is officially open will be ignored.
This will be a part of the TDM Farewell Party that will be held at the end of the month. This will be a formalwear event where we basically get together and have this raffle and say goodbye. A thread for the party will be made in the guild, but we are going to try to also have everyone party in real time in zOMG. In theory, it will be able to handle more people and not crash constantly like last year when we tried to do it in Towns.
We will meet around the fountain in Barton Town on the same server and hopefully all manage to be there. If not we'll work something out.
There will be many prizes being raffled off, including the final grand prize of Nartian Rock. The other prizes will be whatever people donate for the event. If you would like to donate a prize for the raffle, send a trade to Blaizekit labeled "Raffle". This will keep the items separate from the general donations sent to TDM.
Like the teams you see at relays in real life, teams in TDM are intended to pump up the excitement with some good-natured competition.
In our case, however, teams are based off of different types of cancer and they are pre-determined in order to keep the number of them low.
Many of the activities revolve around teams. At the end of the event, the team deemed "most spirited" will win a real-life donation for their cause.
To join a team, all you have to do is go to its HQ and ask to join. Your team's Captain may have specific rules for joining, like a keyword to make sure you read the rules or a stand-out text they might want you to post in, so look out for those.
Questions about teams? Consult the FAQ's first, located in the post below this one.
Team Color: Pink-
Link to thread:
►Where do I send my entry for the Tektek contest? PM them to Blaizekit. Entries posted in the thread or entries sent before the contest is officially open will be ignored.
►Do individuals send in their Tektek entries, or is it one entry for every team? Individuals enter. The best from each team will win a prize. Sometimes there will also be runners-up, depending on the number of entries and the closeness of the judging.
►I want to help the Movement. Where do I send my gold, items, and daffodils? Donations should be sent to The Daffodil Movement, our mule. Donations of gold help us give better prizes in the contests, and yellow items give the mule something cool to wear. (Items are sold at the end of the Movement to go toward next year.) Please do not send us daffodils unless they are already made into a bouquet. It is too expensive and time-consuming for us to turn hundreds of daffodils into bouquets by ourselves. We'd rather use our gold pool for prizes, so please only donate bouquets. (: single daffodils will be donated to Old Pete's Dumpster Dive.
►I wanna show my support by wearing a daffodil bouquet during the whole month of April, but can't make or buy one. What's this about free bouquets? You're in luck! Many generous Gaians have donated daffodil bouquets to us, so that we may pass them along to whoever needs one. To request a bouquet, just send a labeled trade to The Daffodil Movement.
►Do I have to wear a *yellow* daffodil bouquet? No. You can wear whatever color you want.
►Can I be on more than one team? You are welcome to post whatever ribbons you want in your signature or around the site to show your support. However, when it comes to official teams, you have to pick just one. This is especially important for the spirit contest. You can only follow your team's events.
►How do I join a team? What do I have to do for my team? It's not all that scary. All you have to do is post in the HQ of the team you want, saying you want to join. The thread might have a special procedure for joining, so look out for that. Tada! You have a team. Depending on what your team's Captain wants to do, there might be events or contests that your team is doing. None of these are required for membership. They're just for fun! The important thing is just to support your team with a whole heart. Put its ribbon in your signature. Dress up in your team colors. The team that's deemed the most spirited wins a real-life donation for that type of cancer, so shake those pom-poms!
►Do I have to be on a team to be a part of the Movement? No. You don't even have to post in the thread. The most important thing about the Movement is making the cause visible. All you really need to do to be a participator is to wear the bouquet and point our way if anyone asks about it. (:
►Why can't (insert name of cancer here) be a team? There are a few teams we have every year, but generally, the teams change from one year to the next. That's because I would like to keep the number of teams to 10-11 each year, but still want to give exposure to all kinds. So, the teams rotate. Please don't try to invent your own team. The team threads you see were made by officially chosen Captains who spent a lot of time and hard work to make their threads. If you want to captain a team, you'll have to wait until next year.
►Can I be a Team Captain? Team Captains are chosen in March. They build their threads and are trained in their duties so to be ready for April. You'll probably have to wait until next year, unless the captain of your team resigns and decides to pass the torch to you. But, if you're serious enough about it to wait a year, you'll probably be a shoe in. Keep in touch with the guild occasionally throughout the year.
This is where we honor those that survived, those that did not, and those still fighting. To submit a name for the Yellow Wall, send a PM to the event mule with their name. If you want their name to be linked to an entry in TDM’s journal, send a personalized dedication along too. It can be a letter to them, their story, a memory about them, anything you like. (please specify at the beginning of your PM that you would like for the story to be added to the journal.)
Our Wall has become so massive that it now has its own thread. You can visit it in its entirety by clicking the link below.
If you would like to affiliate with the Daffodil Movement, send a PM request to Blaizekit labeled "Affiliation Request". Send your banner and take any of ours that you like below. Your banner will be placed here, in a thread on the home forum of the guild.
Affiliates will be checked occasionally for alive-ness and they will also be posted in by our mule when TDM is coming up.